Module code: MAND027

Module Overview

This supervisor-directed module introduces students to the literature in their research domain as well as debates, theories, and methodological issues. The focused and directed nature of the module will enable students to acquire a sound understanding of foundational issues, contemporary debates, and an appreciation of unresolved issues, as well as research designs in their research domain. An understanding of these issues should provide students a sound platform to conceptualize a value-added research problem and rigorous research.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

ARYEE Samuel (SBS)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Systematic and in-depth review of empirical findings

  • Theoretical debates and integration of theories

  • Methodological challenges and effective research design.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSESSMENT 1: Term Paper Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

Resubmit the term paper.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and achievement of the module's learning outcomes.


Thus, the summative assessment for this unit consists of:


  • Assessment 1: Preparation and quality of discussion


Supervisors will assess the extent to which the students comes to the session having read the assigned articles and ability to evaluate the article along predetermined dimensions.


  • Assessment 2: Term Paper


Students will submit a term paper that provides a comprehensive review of the literature in their research domain. This paper must demonstrate analytical rigour and ability to evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions based on the research design. The paper must not exceed 5,000 words.


Formative assessment

An ongoing feature of the module whereby students will be expected to come to each of the sessions having read a specified number of articles and prepared to critically evaluate them.




Feedback will be regularly provided during the sessions.  

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to ensure students achieve the learning outcomes. The nature of the module requires a highly interactive teaching or learning method. Students are expected to attend each of the sessions having read supervised-assigned readings for the session. Supervisors will structure the discussion around specific themes such as the contributions of the assigned articles, appropriateness of the theories used in the article, appropriateness of the research design and conclusions. Students may also be asked to discuss the implications of the assigned articles for their dissertation.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Management and Business PHD 1 Compulsory Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.